Ellis Clark Trains has received Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge articulated Quad Art carriages for evaluation by the development team.
Built in the 1920s for suburban use, 97 sets were produced by the Great Northern Railway (NER), London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and outside contractors. The sets were usually operated in two sets of four vehicles – a Third Class quad and a Composite quad.
They remained in regular use into the British Railways era, with the last example withdrawn in 1966.
Revealing the new EP samples at the Great Electric Train Show on October 14/15, the new Clark Railworks 'OO' gauge models are set to feature a detailed die-cast chassis with separate fittings and pipework, door grab handles, magnetic switched ‘low glow’ interior lighting, detailed interiors with etched luggage racks and correct height seats, separately-fitted roof ventilators, vacuum and battery boxes, magnetic push-fit roofs and sprung buffers on the brake end coach which also feature detailed ends with illuminated destination boards.
Underneath, the new models will feature detailed bogies with brake rigging, brass bearings, sprung centre bogie fixings, electrical pick-ups and variation to the bogies according to placement.
Ten four-car sets are planned – four All Third and four Composite – with liveries including LNER teak, BR carmine and cream and BR maroon.
Priced at £325 per four-car Quad Art set, the all-new ‘OO’ gauge models are currently expected during June/July 2024.
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